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2009 Holiday Social Set for English Camp

Sugar on the Floor
Sugar on the Floor plays at a recent Holiday Social in the English Camp Barracks.
Ron Garner

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News Release Date: November 10, 2009
Contact: Mike Vouri, (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227

Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff and volunteers for the annual old-fashioned Holiday Social, tree-trimming and cookie potluck from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 5, at English Camp.

Visitors are invited to bring holiday cookies and ornaments to hang on the tree, which will be erected in the old British Royal Marine Light Infantry barracks building -- just as it was likely done in the mid-1860s when the camp was in its heyday.

The park's 2009 Volunteer of the Year award and volunteer recognition is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Admission is free. The park will provide beverages, two crackling fires to warm the bones and entertainment to include staff and volunteer re-enactors in period uniforms and dress, storytelling and folk dancing with "Sugar on the Floor." Volunteer awards also will be presented.

A motorized golf cart will be available in the English Camp parking area for persons with accessibility needs. For information, call 378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2221.

In Photos (left to right) Darlene and Francis dance; the men of Battery D; and Michael Cohen plays.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

George E. Pickett, a West Pointer and Mexican War veteran, was the first U.S. commander on San Juan Island. He would resign his commission on San Juan and go on to lead his Confederate division in the climatic charge that bears his name at the Battle of Gettysburg.